There are only a few things that make me cry on the spot. I don’t usually cry during movies, or reading blogs or books, unless they hit some sort of nerve connecting to my personal life. I don’t usually cry at graduations or saying goodbyes, because I never feel like it’s really goodbye. Surely, I will see this person again. There is skype and facebook now, its not forever.
Then this morning I watched this video: Zach Sobiech
Safe to say I cried some serious tears for the last 10 minutes, at least. It is worth the 22 minutes to sit and watch this, and trust me, after 22 minutes.. you wish you could listen to this guy for hours. Watch it.
I learned so much in 22 minutes from a 17 year old with cancer. I love the way the director of the documentary put it; that it was not because he was dying, but because of the way he was living. To be alive is a privilege, and Zach saw that and did not waste a second of his life. He made it count. He surrounded himself with amazing people and did not stop living when doctors gave him a tentative deadline. He did quite the opposite.
So often we are in a rush to get to the next step. That could mean many different things; graduation, promotion, marriage, kids, new business, new house, etc. Very rarely do I find myself completely satisfied with how things our. Living in the now, enjoying the moment. I feel like so many times I catch myself thinking about when my life is really going to start, thinking ok.. I’ll graduate next year, maybe go to grad school? eh. that’ll only prolong my life starting.. maybe i’ll go back later? Then I can work and make real money, then I can move out and then really settle into my career and THEN life will have really begun!
What a load of crap, self. Although I can’t completely blame myself when we live in a world that is constantly asking, what’s next? You’re in college? What are you studying? Have you found an internship yet? Don’t wait too long to start applying. What about grad school? Are you gonna marry that person? When? Don’t have a boyfriend? Why?
Zach really opened my eyes to what it really meant to live, apart from his philosophy that it’s all about making other people smile and knowing you put it there. He taught me to really enjoy the journey of life. To enjoy where I’m at right now. These are days I’m going to miss when I’m older, and I’m spending them being anxious about starting my life. It’s happening. Now. Every day. We are never guaranteed tomorrow, we hear this a lot. But do we really understand the magnitude of this statement? Sometimes I’m not sure I do. But I’m willing to figure it out along the way.
Thanks Zach. RIP.